A&M ag engineering scientist touts global water awareness at Vatican

COLLEGE STATION – Citing the need for heightened interest in water availability globally, Dr. Rabi Mohtar, biological and agricultural engineering professor at Texas A&M University, took center stage March 24 at Vatican City as part of Watershed, a conference to spark global conversations of the importance of water and the future. Pope Francis addressed the […]

Texas A&M future entrepreneurs lay foundation for potential businesses

COLLEGE STATION – Venturing into a business of your own can be a daunting task, but 36 agricultural economics students at Texas A&M University are well on their way to entering the world of entrepreneurship. The Agricultural Economics 425 seniors recently spent a full day as part of the Donald G. “Don” Kaspar ‘49 Agribusiness […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — March 21

COLLEGE STATION – Early spring conditions may have disrupted bedding plant producer schedules, but milder-than-normal conditions could mean an extended growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Charlie Hall, professor of horticulture, College Station, said early spring conditions for Texas and much of the southeastern U.S. and Central Midwest have […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — March 14

SAN ANGELO – Despite declining numbers, sheep and goats continue to be in demand and fetch good prices in Texas, said Bill Thompson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, San Angelo. Texas produces more sheep and goats than any other state, Thompson said. Texas produced more goats than the next 10 U.S. states combined, and […]

Crop, livestock budget spreadsheets for 2017 available to Texas farmers, ranchers

COLLEGE STATION – Crop and livestock budget spreadsheets for 2017 are now available to both farmers and ranchers, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists. The budget spreadsheets help farmers and ranchers evaluate and project revenue and expenditures throughout the crop season. They are available at http://bit.ly/2mugoLH . More than 200 enterprise budgets for […]

Crape myrtle bark scale study reveals tree treatments to fight pest

OVERTON – The second year of survey data tracking crape myrtle bark scale has provided researchers information they believe will help mitigate the pest’s effect on trees, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Erfan Vafaie, a AgriLife Extension entomologist and integrated pest management program specialist in Overton, and other collaborators in College Station, […]

AgriLife Research projects evaluate feeder cattle on yeast-grain diet

COLLEGE STATION – Yeast is a staple ingredient found in many breads, but it also could play a major role in feeding cattle and producing higher quality beef. Dr. Luis Tedeschi, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow, and graduate student Whitney Crossland are studying the effects of yeast as part of an extensive fed-cattle study. […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — March 7

COLLEGE STATION – Rising fuel prices could mean higher costs for producers and eventually consumers, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Mark Welch, College Station, said he saw indications of fuel prices bottoming out late last year. And since January, there have been signs of overall inflation within the economy. Higher fuel […]

Cross returns to animal science faculty in teaching, research roles

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Russell Cross, who has served as head of the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in College Station for the past eight years, has returned to a full-time faculty role effective March 1 and will serve in both teaching and research capacities. Dr. Cliff Lamb, who has served as […]

Rainwater harvesting program set March 30 in Copperas Cove

COPPERAS COVE –  A Rainwater Harvesting for Homeowners program will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 30 in Copperas Cove. The class will be at the Copperas Cove Public Library, located at 501 S. Main St. The program is a collaborative effort among Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Lampasas […]